Operation Void Edge is smashing into Rainbow Six Siege today. The first season in Siege’s Year 5, Void Edge brings two new Operators – Jordanian Defender Oryx and Dutch Attacker Iana – as well as a reworked Oregon map, a host of gameplay updates and improvements, and a special Lara Croft Elite Set for Ash. Year 5 Pass owners have access to the new Operators now, and everyone else can purchase them for Renown or R6 Credits starting March 17. All other new season content is available now for all players.
The first new Operator, Iana, is all about deception and reconnaissance, thanks to her Gemini Replicator. This gadget allows Iana to deploy a fully controllable holographic copy of herself. The copy looks, sounds, and moves like Iana, but it can’t shoot, melee, or use secondary gadgets. The Replicator works on replenishing charges, like Lesion’s Gu Mines, but the cooldown is significantly increased if it’s destroyed by any attack or electricity. While Iana is using it, her actual body is left defenseless, so Attackers should be smart about where and when they decide to deploy it.
Oryx, the new Defender, utilizes speed, agility, and sheer destruction to be a powerful roamer. His signature move is the Remah Dash, an ability that gives him a short burst of speed that can be used to cover ground quickly, knock down enemy Operators, or bust through soft walls and wooden barricades. While smashing through barricades is a piece of cake for Oryx, bashing through a breakable wall will hurt him slightly. Additionally, Oryx has the ability to jump up and peek or climb through broken hatches, allowing him to quickly navigate maps.
Void Edge also includes a complete rework of one of Siege’s original maps, Oregon. The redesign creates more strategic opportunities for attacking and defending bomb sites. An additional staircase to the basement freezer opens up new access points and rotation possibilities, while the big tower now connects directly to the kitchen. Check out the final section of the video above for a closer look.
Additional gameplay updates out now with Operation Void Edge include:
- Barricade debris consistency: partially breaking a barricade with a weapon or a melee hit will now create much smaller debris.
- Attacker’s drone spawn: the drone will now always spawn on the same side of the site as the one the player first chose their Operator to spawn from.
- Player Hub Changes: the Play Section is getting revamped.
- Lesion and Twitch changes: Lesion will no longer be able to see his Gu Mines through obstructions, and when an opposing Operator steps on a Gu, there will no longer be any initial damage. However, each tick’s damage has been increased from four to six. On Twitch’s side, her Shock Drone will now start with three shots, but it will have a cooldown. Its firing power has also been reduced to one point of damage.
- Operator price decrease: Mira and Jackal’s prices will now be 10,000 Renown or 240 R6 Credits; Lion and Finka’s are down to 15,000 Renown or 350 R6 Credits; and Mozzie and Gridlock’s costs will decrease to 20,000 Renown or 480 R6 Credits.
- Void Edge Weapon skins: Three new seasonal weapon skins will be available this season, each with their own unique style: the sleek Saber Carbe, the playful Clog Dance, and the colorful River Scale.
- Year 5 Pass: The Year 5 pass includes access to six new Year 5 Operators and six new exclusive headgears and uniforms for them. Players will also get the same VIP perks as always. Year 4 Pass owners who renew their Pass for Year 5 will also receive 600 R6 Credits, as well as two Legendary and three Epic Alpha Packs.
Rainbow Six Siege is available on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and included in a UPLAY+ subscription. For more on the game, check out our previous coverage.